Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI)
The Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI) is a program meant to encourage Berea College staff to attend at least one on-campus event per month, if possible. For more information, please visit this webpage.
FERPA Training PowerPoint
Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please login to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Also be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website: https://www.berea.edu/registrar/ferpa/.
**NEW** FERPA Quick Guide
Want a brief rundown of FERPA at Berea without looking through the entire PowerPoint, above? If so, click here and login to view the new FERPA Quick Guide document from the Office of the Registrar.
Professional Development Request Form
Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:
The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:
- Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
- Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
- Certification training;
- Job-specific skills training; and
- Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.
Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.
Instructions for Professional Development Proposals
Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.
Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy. The updated travel policy can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y5dsu5yj.
Report on Completion
Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division (Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed). Those staff members are as follows:
- Alumni & College Relations: Kelly Linville
- Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
- Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
- Student Life: Carla Roberts
- Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
- President’s Office: Sherry Thiele
- Strategic Initiatives: Andreea Teban
- Labor: Brittany Ash
Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form.
If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone by calling ext. 3210.
If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.
Professional Development Initiative Documentation
Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)
Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)
On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP benefit provides up to 6 free counseling sessions for eligible employees and their dependents. These sessions are with certified counselors from The Lexington Group and are completely confidential (they do not inform Berea College of who is using this benefit). Traditionally, employees could get counseling face-to-face or by phone. However, the Lexington Group now offers the option for online counseling (video and messaging). For more information about video counseling and the EAP benefit, please see the documents linked below (you will be asked to provide your Berea College credentials to access them).
Monthly Student Life Social Hours
Each month from August – November and January – April, Student Life hosts what we call social hours. These events bring faculty, staff, and students together for conversation, lunch, and social time that builds relationships and fosters a sense of community among our Berea Beloved. The social hours began in the spring 2018 term and have continued as the campus community enjoys the engagement and interaction that these events bring forth for the college. We look forward to another great year of social hours where we can strengthen our Berea College community! #OneBlood
Dates for Fall 2020 are still TBD.
For more information, please contact Stephen H. Howard (email@example.com), Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Engagement, Department of Student Life.
TIAA Monthly Webinars
TIAA has monthly webinars covering a variety of topics related to preparing for retirement and they are completely free to Berea College employees. If interested, please sign up by going to TIAA.org/webinars.
Sometimes you start to believe you just might be better off as a non-smoker. If you fit into that category, send Jill Gurtatowski an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss if this is the right program for you.
Coffee and Cream Chats
The Workforce Development Training Team at the Labor Program will once again be hosting informal meetings (with light refreshments!) for labor supervisors to meet and share ideas. Fall 2020 term coffee and cream chats are TBD.
For more information, please email Brittany Ash (email@example.com).
Something to Chew On
Something to Chew On is a monthly event hosted by the Labor Office where a different department from campus has the opportunity to promote their program and give information to the staff and faculty about how their work affects the campus community.
For more information, please email Brittany Ash (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Green Dot Training
Green Dot is a Bystander Intervention Program designed to help reduce power-based violence, including: sexual violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, stalking, and bullying in our community. Find out more about Green Dot.
For questions or concerns, visit the Title IX webpage, email Joslyn Glover, or call 859-985-3606.
Safe Zone Training
Berea College is one of hundreds of colleges and universities that provide training to promote inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. More specifically, this Safe Zone Training Program provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness about gender and sexual identity development. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities that promote a space for dialogue and questions related to gender and sexual identity. Upon completion of the training, participants will leave with educational materials and an optional window cling or sticker to place in your office/workspace. Should you choose to take the Safe Zone sticker you will be communicating that your office is a safe, friendly, respectful, and non-judgmental space for our LGBTQ students. Each training is limited to 25 people per session.
For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Dr. Amanda Wyrick, Berea’s Safe Zone trainer at Amanda_wyrick@berea.edu.
Title IX Training
Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on Sexual Misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, How to report and incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. For more information about upcoming sessions, please contact Joslyn Glover via email or phone. These trainings typically cover important information about Berea College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures and Nondiscrimination Policy, how to prevent and identify sexual violence, appropriate methods for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, and how and to whom such misconduct must be reported. Employee trainings for the Fall 2020 term are TBD.
The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Linda Strong-Leek (email@example.com), or Dr. Scott Steele (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BC Staff Development (BCSD) Schedule
— Berea College Staff Development with Mark Nigro, Learning & Training Coordinator —
For more information and to REGISTER, please use the following registration link: http://bcstaffdevelopment.eventbrite.com/
- Click a specific workshop title to learn more details about the workshop. (Be sure to look at the ‘Live Events’ tab for the current workshops)
- To register: after opening a specific workshop, click “Register” and follow the prompts to reserve your seat.
Please make sure your schedule is open before you commit to registering. If you supervise staff employees, please discuss these professional development opportunities with your staff. Participants will explore topics through a combination of reflection, discussion, and group activities.
- Note for NEW staff members — the required Being and Becoming program provides essential exploration about our unique College workplace, and is offered on a periodic basis.
Summer 2020 Workshops for Berea College Staff Development (BCSD):
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.
Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups
With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the continuation of Dean’s Reading Groups for the 2019-2020 academic year. Both staff and faculty are invited to participate.
|Book and Weblink to more Info||Dates/Times/Location||Discussion Leaders|
|Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked by Adam Alter||Wednesday, Sept. 11 & 18, 2019; 4:30 -6:00 PM; location TBA||Amanda Wyrick and Andrea Woodward|
|Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, & The Limits of the Law by Dean Spade||Thursday, Oct. 3 & 2, 2019; 4:00-5:00 PM; Woods Penn 207||Kye Anderson and Meredith Lee|
|White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo||Monday, Nov. 4 and 11, 2019; 5:15-6:15 PM; Woodson Center's Hathaway Library||Linda Strong-Leek and Chad Berry|
|The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff||Monday, January 13 and 27, 2020; 5:00-6:30 PM; Appalachian Center's Faber Library||Rob Smith and Joslyn Glover|
|Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble||Friday, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020; 4:00-5:00 PM; Appalachian Center's Faber Library||Jan Pearce and Chris Miller|
|Air and Light and Time and Space: How Successful Academics Write by Helen Sword||March- Day/Time/ Location TBA||Amy Nichols|
For more information or to join one of these groups, please email Sarah Broomfield at email@example.com or call her at 859-985-3487. If you have suggestions for future groups, please contact Dean Matthew Saderholm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation in Community Reading Groups
For more information on Community Reads, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.
Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).
Other On-Campus Events/Groups:
Graduation & Commencement (tickets required)
All events will take place between 11:45am and 1pm in Draper 106. Lunch will be served.
Fall 2019 Peanut Butter & Gender Speakers
- Wednesday, Sept. 18th: Savannah Sipple (https://www.savannahsipple.com/)
- Wednesday, Oct. 2nd: Marquis Bey (https://www.afam.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/marquis-bey.html) and Tabias Olajuawon Wilson (http://www.tabiasolajuawon.com/)
- Wednesday, Nov. 6th: Pedro DiPietro (http://thecollege.syr.edu/people/faculty/pages/wgs/DiPietro-Pedro.html)
- Wednesday, Dec. 4th: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5561)
Spring 2020 Peanut Butter & Gender Speakers
- Wednesday, Jan. 15th: Che Gossett (https://chegossett.wordpress.com/)
- Wednesday, Feb. 5th: Mark Rifkin (https://english.uncg.edu/directory/rifkin/)
- Wednesday, March 18th: Jasmine Syedullah (https://www.vassar.edu/faculty/jsyedullah/)
- Wednesday, April 15th: Glen Coulthard (https://fnis.arts.ubc.ca/persons/glen-coulthard/)
Campus Master Calendar (Often includes other campus events open to the general public including things like athletic events, presentations, lectures, community outreach events, and more)
Let Sam Cole know about any events that should be added to this list!